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2020 Latino Book & Family Festival

October 10, 2020 Health Forum

The purpose of this forum is to provide information about health resources, opportunities the community should be aware of and how to access them. For today’s health forum, we invited a few representatives of health to share with us about their health institutions, the resources they provide.

Dr. James Cruz

Senior Medical Director of Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan

Dr. Diane Chau, M.D.

Medical Director for Molina HealthCare

Monique Knight

Director, Marketing & Community Outreach for United Healthcare


Herminia Ledesma

Program Manager in the Health Promotion Center for Vista Community Clinic

Jorge Gomez

Outreach Specialist for True Care (formerly North County Health Services)

Lupita Hernandez

Outreach Specialist for True Care (formerly North County Health Services)

October 3, Success story

LAUREN KO is an artist, writer, self-taught home baker, and founder of the popular Instagram account @lokokitchen where she has amassed over 300,000 followers. Her colorful geometric style made all hell bake loose on the frontier of contemporary pie art, and her iconic signature spoke design has been dubbed the “modern lattice.” Her work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, O Magazine, Buzzfeed’s Tasty, and on-screen in Martha Bakes. Her creations continue to inspire globally from Seattle, WA, where Lauren lives with her husband, Ben, and their bear dog, Santi.

PIEOMETRY: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate by Lauren Ko

Lauren reveals her secrets, sharing stories about her designs and the inspiration behind them. Ever relatable and quick with a pun, she recounts the spectacular “piesasters” that led to some of her best creations and breaks down her most beautiful designs, describing how to make naturally colored dough, intricate weaves, and striking cut-out patterns. PIEOMETRY provides clear, step-by-step instructions, accompanied by helpful photographs, which any patient baker can follow to build these pies from bottom crust to top in their own kitchens. 

September 26, Ways to succeed in college

September 19, Chicano Park Documentary | Hispanic Heritage Month


Corie de Anda will feature the Chicano Park Documentary. The co-producer is Sofia Tamayo.  She is now a 9th grader at Carlsbad High School and is in the award-winning Broadcasting Program.

For more information about The Spirit of Chicano Park/El espíritu del Parque Chicano, visit toltecapress.com/titles  

All sales from the proceeds of this book are being donated to the Chicano Park Steering Committee and the new Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center.

September 12, Book Awards Ceremony/Ceremonia de reconomiento | "De Colores" dances

Conversations with the Artists / Conversaciones con los artistas
September 5, 2020

Helping Students During Virtual Learning | Apoya a tus niños durante su educación virtual
September 29, 2020

Find ideas for daily learning activities and even self-care ideas for parents>
Read Aloud: Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights
Separate is Never Equal – The fight for the right for equal education
“Dear Primo” read-aloud – English & Spanish
Same Difference (A Children’s Book Story by Calida Rawles)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Animated Film
How to best support students during virtual learning:
  • Don’t be afraid to reach out to your child’s teacher
  • Ask questions – be specific about your needs
  • Seek virtual workshops through your district
  • Ask for videos / guidance on how to navigate the learning platforms
  • Reach out to other parents for support: culturally we are a communicative people
  • Give yourself space and grace to know that we are all in the same space – none of us know everything there is to know about virtual learning
  • Build a relationship with your child’s teacher
  • Know that your efforts are appreciated
  • Take a walk and get outside to enjoy your children outside of the stress
How to Best Prepare and Support your Child
  • Provide quiet working environment – to the best of your ability
  • Headphones, if possible, to decrease distractions
  • Be patient, every year brings new challenges and new learning
  • Encourage students to ask questions and / or seek 1: 1 or small group instruction with the teacher
  • If worse comes to worse, use youtube for further instruction for learning content such as math and language arts
  • The most important thing you can do to support learning is to be patient. This is traumatizing for students to be away from their friends and teachers. Especially to be with a teacher they’ve never met before.
  • Make sure they understand and follow the guidelines for virtual learning to get the most out of instruction
  • READ! Listen and watch youtube videos; seek reading sites such as epic, razkids, myON, ask the teacher for reading apps your child can access. Have them read to you
  • If they can’t read, they will struggle in all subject areas. They need to know how to read to understand the work.
  • Continue working on tapping into your cultural assets and create new traditions.

Stories in the Blood & a Magic show! August 22 event / Historias en la sangre y un show de magia

Opening Reception, past August 15 event / Apertura del evento el pasado 15 de agosto


Skye Steele

The son of a Puerto Rican classical violinist and an Army officer from Tennessee, his youth was spent shuttling between military bases and music lessons, and learning to understand the divergent cultures of the two halves of his family. A performer and educator, indie songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Cowboy Ken Frawley

Iconic American image of the American Cowboy through cowboy songs, stories, historical facts, multicultural roots, and the Old Western Art of Trick roping.

Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts​

Founded in 2014 by Jose Jaimes as a nonprofit under the Cultural Visual & Performing Arts. The academy educates its community and using the cultural arts practices youth development. Today it offers various levels and ages of Folklorico dance and Teatro en Español.

Ralph Nirvus-singer, and Lewis

Latino Singer-songwriter, Producer
@Ralph_Nirvus From the Inland Empire. Writing, Performing, and Recording For Over 20 Years.

Michael Rayner Comedy Juggler & Balancing Act

"Preposterous brilliance” and “whacky jugglement,” a combination of hilarious tricks and stunts with uproarious stand-up and a bounty of improvised fun!

Chazz Ross and his African Drum stories >

International Drum experiences featuring the djembe drum. His African or International percussion, drumming and drum circles will magically channel each audience’s internal rhythms to enrich their words, music and dance.

The Arty Loon Show >

An amazing interactive virtual experience! With laugh out loud comedy magic, amazing illusions, spectacular juggling, fantastic balloon sculptures, and superb puppetry, Arty has created the ultimate show for any occasion!

Zany Zoe, magician >

Fun and interactive. Audiences will be amazed by her charming and magical presentations. Engaging music, mime, body movements, humor and comedy.

Georgette Baker >

World-traveling performer for the past 20 years. Certified teacher, and speaks 5 languages! Award Winning Author of Children's Books.


Thank you Literacy & Community Partners